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Green Science is the application of eco-friendly thinking to scientific disciplines. Learn about global warming, pollution and other impacts on nature and the planet, plus what we can do to combat them.

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What are oil sands?

As high-yield oil supplies become harder to find, energy companies are turning to oil sands: mixtures of bitumen, sand and water. How do you extract oil from mucky, viscous soil?


How Algae Biodiesel Works

 How Algae Biodiesel Works

Many people are interested in algae biodiesel as a green fuel. Learn all about algae biodiesel and how researchers make biodiesel from algae. See more »

How Deforestation Works

 How Deforestation Works

Deforestation, or the removal of forests, contributes to global warming. Learn how deforestation harms our plants and animals -- even to extinction. See more »

How Green Pavement Works

 How Green Pavement Works

Green pavement is porous, meaning that it permits water to seep through to the ground. Learn why green pavement is good for the environment. See more »

How the Rocky Mountain Institute Works

 How the Rocky Mountain Institute Works

The Rocky Mountain Institute believes in natural capitalism. Learn more about natural capitalism and the Rocky Mountain Institute. See more »

How Urban Planning Works

 How Urban Planning Works

Urban planning works to design a city so that it can be used effectively by its people. Find out more about how urban planning works. See more »

What is Superfund Redevelopment?

 What is Superfund Redevelopment?

Would you want to move into a house built on a superfund site? Learn more about superfund redevelopment and what makes a superfund site safe. See more »

How the Ozone Layer Works

 How the Ozone Layer Works

We hear about the ozone layer all the time. But, what is the ozone layer and what are the ozone layer's components? See more »

What is the urban heat island effect?

 What is the urban heat island effect?

Cities are often hotter than rural areas because of the urban heat island effect. Learn what an urban heat island is. See more »

How the Iowa Stored Energy Park Will Work

 How the Iowa Stored Energy Park Will Work

The Iowa Stored Energy Park will use wind to generate electricity and will store unused wind underground. Learn about the Iowa Stored Energy Park. See more »

How Eco-terrorism Works

 How Eco-terrorism Works

Eco-terrorism attacks people or things that threaten the environment or the wildlife it supports. Learn how eco-terrorism works and who's behind it. See more »